Erik Svetin’s love for baseball inspired his award-winning invention over the summer.
Named the Hawaii state merit winner in the Discovery/3M Young Scientist Challenge, Erik invented a baseball with an additional stitch. In his experiments, he found that his “prototype” ball traveled about 2 meters or 2.2 percent further than the traditional baseball.
The Discovery Education/3M Young Scientist Challenge is the premier national science competition for students in grades 5 through 8. The competition targets students in the years when research indicates their interest in science begins to wane and encourages them to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate their findings.
As one of 34 state-level winners in this year's contest, Erik was awarded a Kindle Fire for his creation. He is entering his freshman year at Molokai High, where he hopes to continue playing baseball, and hopes to play college ball when he graduates in 2017.